We love a parade, making music, getting creative, and helping the community! Join the 6th Annual Urban Pond Procession Parade on Saturday, June 1 (rain date June 2) from 10 am — 1 pm. The annual Urban Pond Procession (UPP) brings together children, families, artists and neighbors to celebrate art, community, and stewardship of our urban ponds. Participants include What Cheer? Brigade, members from Extraordinary Rendition Band, and Big Nazo Puppets.
Young artists from Providence CityArts for Youth are adding a tail to a new floating monster sculpture created by Juliette Casselman in collaboration with the Steel Yard. Other young artists created animations and films about the pond that will be screened in a traveling bus exhibit at the end of the parade. Young musicians from Vartan Gregorian Elementary School at Fox Point will be performing with handmade marimbas. Also see a Stomp performance young musicians from CityArts!.
The parade starts at 10 am at Alvarez High School for the unveiling of a new ceramic mural. Then the parade will continue down Crescent Street, stopping at Reservoir Elementary around 10:45 am to see student designs for a new playground. The parade will stop at the Mashapaug Boat House (behind Ocean State Job Lot at 361 Reservoir Avenue) about 11:15 am for poetry readings by the water’s edge. Then the parade will wind through Murphy-Trainor Park, arriving at the final destination, J.T. Owens Ball Park on Access Road, around noon. Join there for food, celebration, words from Mayor Taveras, and film screenings from 12 pm — 1 pm. Duck Boat Tours will be available 1 — 3 pm back at the Boat House.
We recommend parking between 9:00 and 9:30 am at J.T. Owens Park at 350 Niantic Avenue, Providence, and taking the shuttle bus to the starting point at Alvarez High School.
Fish costumes, instruments, signs, flags, and banners will be available for others to wear and carry in the procession. For more info, please call 860-716-9621 or visit urbanpondprocession.org.
Route & Times:
9:15-10:00AM — Park at J.T. Owens Park and take the shuttle van to Alvarez High School where the Procession will begin.
10:00AM — Gather at Alvarez High School to kick off the day’s festivities. View a ceramic mural (created by students under the guidance of art teacher Sarah Cappelli and artist Deb DeMarco) that depicts the past, present and future of the school’s storied site on the shore of Mashapaug Pond.
10:30AM — Head down Crescent Street and celebrate a recent stormwater remediation intervention by the Environmental Justice League of RI and Groundwork Providence.
10:45AM -Â Make our way to Reservoir Avenue Elementary, where a stormwater-conscious playground is slated to be constructed next year and students and families will join the crowd.
11:15AM -Â Continue down Reservoir Avenue to the hidden boat house behind Ocean State Job Lot Plaza where Rhode Island Poet Laureate Rick Benjamin will lead the crowd in reflection and pay homage to the water. Big Nazo will join and instruct the Mashapaug Monster, a floating sculpture designed by artist Juliette Casselman and constructed by the Steel Yard and students from Providence Â¡CityArts! for Youth, to clean the toxins from the waters.
12:00PM — Wind through Murphy Trainor Park and up Lakeview Drive on the west side of the pond to J.T. Owens Park. Reconvene for food and more celebration! Join the Mashapaug Monster in a theatric spectacle, choreographed by performance artist Lisa Abbatomarco, followed by presentations from Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Janet Coit, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, who will speak about efforts underway to address the environmental conditions of our local urban ponds. Enjoy videos by Alvarez students about the history of their school’s site, stop motion animations by CityArts students illustrating stormwater runoff on the Environmental Justice League of RI bus and an action adventure short film about the pond by Vartan Gregorian fifth graders, Ethan and Dylan Itkin and Alexander Matthews.
1:00-3:00PM — Conclude with Duck Boat tours launching from the boat house behind Ocean State Job Lot.